Men, if we play our game, bring our A game, take it one game at a time, stick to the game plan, stay within ourselves, dictate the tempo, impose our will, give 110 percent, take it to another level, take the crowd out of the game, make something happen, show some athleticism, stop the penetration, step up our intensity, execute, focus, convert and leave it all on the floor, it's anybody's ball game.
But there's no tomorrow, our backs are against the wall, it's crunch time, gut-check time, do or die. To click, to gel, to fire on all cylinders, we'll need good chemistry, and you can't teach that.
So I'm juggling the lineup, making wholesale changes, trying to light a fire under you, put a fire in your belly, fire you up, because those other guys won't roll over, they won't lay down, they can flat-out play, they're on fire, they're peaking at the right time, they've got ice water in their veins, my hat's off to them, you gotta hand it to them, they thrive in the clutch, they feed off the pressure, they own us, they're hungry, they'll take you to school, they'll eat your lunch, they'll make you pay, I'd pay to see them play, even though they put their pants on one leg at a time, same as we do.
But their go-to guy, we gotta contain him, that kid's something special, he makes it look easy, he comes to play every day, he makes everyone around him better, he's got something to prove, he's got game, he's got skills, he's got our number, he's got a very bright future in this league.
Although some of you couldn't play dead, couldn't play a radio, couldn't hit sand if you fell off a camel, we've been here before, we match up well, we know how to win, we're not happy just to be here, our goal is a championship, and defense wins championships, and we're in it to win it, and we're all in this together, 'cause there's no I in team, so let's just go out there and have some fun, let's dance with the one that brung us, let's see what happens, and if the ball bounces our way, we'll control our own destiny, and that's what it's all about.
Because we have nothing to lose, the pressure's on them, nobody expected us to be here, nobody thought we could do it, nobody gave us a chance, everyone counted us out, the naysay-ers all doubted us, and that was the turning point, the key factor, the shift in momentum, so let's silence the critics, let's send 'em a message, let's make a statement, let's shock the world, let's get that monkey off our backs.
Because at the end of the day, on any given Sunday, when you step between the lines and answer the bell, down in the trenches, you can throw out the record books, 'cause anything can happen. But hey, they don't play these games on paper, so let's tee it up, let's get it on, let's get ready to rumble.
We're not protecting the ball, we're not capitalizing on their mistakes, turnovers are costing us, we need to regroup, we need to dig deep, we need to show some poise, one big play and we're right back in it, but we gotta generate some offense, we gotta put sonic points on the board, we gotta get everybody on the same page, or that's all she wrote, we'll have a long flight home, we'll have a long cold winter to think about it. Still, it ain't over till it's over, it ain't over till the fat lady sings.
It's all over but the shoutin'. Turn out the lights, the party's over. Give them credit, they flat-out beat us, they just plain out-hustled us, they wanted it more, they showed a lotta class, but we need to look in the mirror, this was a real wake-up call, it just wasn't our day, but I'm proud of our guys, I take full responsibility, coaches are hired to be fired, it's been a great ride.
I look forward to spending more time with my family.